What's Happening at SJE
Third Sunday of Lent
March 14/15, 2020

Today’s readings on this third Sunday of Lent present us with the theme of “thirst” and show us that a stewardship way of life can both satisfy our spiritual thirst for Christ and help us to satisfy Christ’s thirst for souls.

Our first reading, from the book of Exodus, begins with the words, “In their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses.” What little faith and lack of trust they show after all God has done to free them from slavery. But Moses cried out to God for help, and sure enough, God provided generously to satisfy thirst. He continues to provide generously for us these many centuries later.

Our Gospel passage from John recounts the life-changing encounter Christ has with the Samaritan woman at the well beginning with His words to her, “Give me a drink.” Then, He adds, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 

Christ is speaking the very same words to us today. These two verses encapsulate the call to stewardship. Christ asks us to “give him a drink” by sharing what we have with Him and with others for His sake. Yet, it is Christ Himself who provides the water, the living water that is His grace.

God has chosen to include us in His plan for bringing all people to salvation through Him. We live out our part in His plan through a stewardship way of life. This Lent, let us resolve to respond to His call with passion and commitment. Let us do our part to quench His thirst.
Measuring Spiritual Growth and
Parish Engagement

As of March 10, we have had only 78 people take the survey online and an additional 40 paper surveys turned into the parish office. This gives us a total of only 118 surveys completed. We have over 2,000 members eligible to take the survey (over 18).

This survey is designed to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and become more engaged in our parish. By answering the questions in the 15-minute survey, you will have the chance to reflect on individual spiritual growth as well as provide our parish leadership with invaluable insight into our parish strengths and opportunities.

This will allow St. John’s to set priorities and allocate resources in the years ahead.
 
There are two ways to participate. There is a convenient online survey that you can take at home. There is a link on our parish website or you can click here . Click on the link and first select the Archdiocese of Milwaukee then St. John the Evangelist Parish, Greenfield, from the options provided.

There are also paper surveys in the narthex. Contact the parish office if you would like a survey in a language other than English. The survey will close on Monday, March 23.

The survey is completely confidential. St. John’s will not receive any individual survey responses.
33 Days to Merciful Love
Week Two

During the second session of 33 Days to Merciful Love Retreat, participants explored the topic of The Little Way. St. Therese rediscovered the very heart of the Gospel, the good news that God lifts up the lowly. God doesn’t love us because we’re so good, but because He is so good. He loves us not because we deserve it, but because we desperately need it.

Next week, participants will discuss growing in compassion.
Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
March 11, 18, 25

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
March 13, 20, and April 3
Wednesday, March 11
  • 6:30 p.m. Gym Unavailable
  • 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Church

Thursday, March 12
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 5:15 p.m. Love One Another CEC Meeting - Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir - Music Room

Friday, March 13
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:30 a.m. Vocations Committee Meeting - Rectory Room B
  • 10:30 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting - Rectory Room A
  • 2:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross lead by the School Children - Church
  • 5:00 p.m. Troop 601 Lock In - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 534 - Hall
 
Saturday, March 14
  • 6:45 a.m. Men's Group - Hall
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

Sunday, March 15
  • 9:00 a.m. Grade School RE Classes - School
  • 10:30 a.m. Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • 11:45 a.m. Baptisms
  • 6:00 p.m. High School & Confirmation - School

Monday, March 16
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. SVdP Committee Meeting - Multi Purpose Room
  • 6:45 p.m. 33 Days to Merciful Love - Hall
No School - Teacher In-Service
 
Tuesday, March 17
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. 33 Days to Merciful Love - Rectory Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, March 18
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Church
  • 6:30 p.m. Gym Unavailable
Men's Retreat

A retreat for men will be held Friday, March 13, to Sunday, March 15, at the Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Oconomowoc. The weekend begins with check-in between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs through noon on Sunday. Carpooling is available.

For details and/or to sign up, call Ron at 414-448-7117
or the Retreat Center at 262-567-6900
CDs from Augustine Institute

Did you know we have CDs (and other items) located in the narthex? Each week we will highlight one of the available CDs.

Cost is $4 each.
Playwright. Poet. Actor. Catholic? Much has been studied and written about William Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest and most famous author in the English language. With compelling detail and wit, Joseph Pearce outlines the objective, documented, and historical evidence that both Shakespeare and his family were practicing Roman Catholics who persevered in professing and promoting the faith even in the midst of great persecution. The evidence is staggering, and illuminates a remarkable cultural opportunity for evangelization in a "post-Christian" world.
Looking to get away to warmer weather? Use SCRIP for all your travel needs. Whether you are flying, driving, or taking a cruise, there is a SCRIP card for that! When you purchase SCRIP, St. John's will receive a percentage. Click here to view and print our order form. If you would like to set up an online account, our enrollment code is 18DE7D4F11822 . We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

Upcoming SCRIP weekends are March 21/22 and April 4/5. As always, SCRIP is available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
This program allows .5% of your shopping on Amazon to be donated to St. John the Evangelist.

If you purchase Scrip, St. John's receives an additional 2.25%. That's 2.75% of your purchases to St. John's if you are already shopping Amazon.
What's Happening in Our School
Cafe Zupas Fundraiser Night

Join us on Tuesday, March 24, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and your dinner can earn us 25%. Click here or the image below to print a flyer that you can hand out to your friends and family.
In the Coming Weeks
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

To submit articles e-mail to: newsletter@stjohns-grfd.org
"Remember God's Will in Yours!"

Please keep the needs of St. John the Evangelist in mind as you do your estate planning. For information on how to include the parish as a beneficiary, contact the Parish Office at 414-321-1965.
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